Make Your Monthly Membership Gift: Become a Schomburg Guardian

Join the Schomburg Center's monthly giving program by becoming a Schomburg Guardian. Schomburg Guardians provide consistent and reliable income that goes directly to support the Center's mission to collect, preserve and share the global heritage of people of African descent.

In celebration of The New York Public Library's 125th year, we are offering exclusive benefits in 2020, like a limited-edition tote, increased shop and ticket discounts, and invitations to members-only events.

Your ongoing monthly contribution helps sustain the Center throughout the year. Each month, you will be charged the amount you select below.

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Make Your Monthly Membership Gift: Become a Schomburg Guardian

Schomburg Guardians directly support the Schomburg Center's mission to celebrate and preserve Black culture. As a special thank you, you'll also receive an exclusive tote bag!

Make a one-time membership gift | Make a fully tax-deductible gift

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  • Personalized donor membership card
  • Discount at the Schomburg Shop and preferred shopping times with an additional discount
  • Discount on select ticketed Schomburg Center public programs
  • Special 12.5% discount at the Library Shop, throughout 2020 (typically 10%)
  • Special 12.5% discount on LIVE from the NYPL tickets and access to the presale, throughout 2020 (typically 10%)
  • 20% discount at the Library's café at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • Access to the Schomburg Connection, our e-newsletter with regular updates on news, programs, and events
  • Year's subscription to the exclusive Schomburg Society member newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only exhibition previews

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to members-only VIP events, like author talks and panel presentations
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library’s annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year
  • Special access to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library celebrations in May 2020
  • Special access to the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures when it opens in November 2020
  • Complimentary personalized book dedication
  • Listing on digital donor wall

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to members-only VIP events, like author talks and panel presentations
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library’s annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year
  • Special access to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library celebrations in May 2020
  • Special access to the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures when it opens in November 2020
  • Complimentary personalized book dedication
  • Listing on digital donor wall

All Annivesary Supporter benefits, plus:

  • Special 25% discount for LIVE from the NYPL and access to presale tickets, throughout 2020 (typically 20%)
  • Special membership gift from the Schomburg Center
  • Two additional invitations to The New York Public Library's annual Holiday Open House, for a total of four attendees
  • Invitation for two to the annual Book Swap, where members share favorite books and get reading recommendations from NYPL librarians

All Patron benefits, plus:

  • Reserved seating at select Schomburg Center public programs
  • Complimentary invitation for two to attend the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, featuring today’s most exciting writers and thinkers
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Book Swap, for a total of four attendees

All Sustainer benefits, plus:

  • 10% discount on Schomburg Center space rentals
  • Gift a complimentary membership to a friend or family member ($50 Friend)
  • Acknowledgement in the Schomburg Center member newsletter and The New York Public Library’s Annual Report
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, for a total of four attendees
  • Small group research discussions with curators and scholars

All Anniversary Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour of an exhibition or research division of your choice
  • Complimentary Business Leadership Council membership, where influential executives and leaders discuss market trends, business strategies, and ideas
  • Invitation to an exclusive gathering with Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young and other patrons
  • Private tour during the annual Schomburg Center Open House

Membership benefits start at $5 a month. Benefits will be matched according to the level of the donation.

Membership Benefits

By choosing to not receive benefits with your membership, your gift is fully tax deductible and you will not receive a member card, invitations to events, e-updates, or be eligible for member discounts.

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